The TomatoTek is the latest in tomato harvesting technology and although that might not seem interesting to begin with, wait until you see what this machine can do!
Dubbed the latest in colour sorting technology, the TomatoTek was created by Wecotek and is revolutionising vegetable/fruit harvesting. The latest design is said to be bigger and better than previous machines, as well as more efficient.
The Design -
Unlike previous designs from WECO, the TomatoTek is four inches away from the flow of product (tomato’s) which means less cleaning is required.
The TomatoTek is capable of being controlled wirelessly, using GPS. It also features data logging and transmission, not to mention Radio Frequency Identification (RFID). RFID uses electromagnetic fields to automatically track and identify tags attached to objects.
Separating colours -
As mentioned, the key feature of the TomatoTek is its ability to sort produce according to colour, separating greens from reds.
The attachment fitted for picking up produce uses optical sorting technology. Once tomatoes are fed onto the machines conveyor belt, light reflection technology helps the TomatoTek sort which produce is red in colour or ripe. Any green tomatoes detected, are simply swatted out of the way (see below video).
WECO claim that the TomatoTek is capable of removing an average of 98% of green tomatoes, saving producers the arduous task of sorting them by eye. This not only saves farmers time, but also reduces their manual labour workload associated with harvesting by up to 95%! Not only this, but the design can easily harvest up to 15-acres of produce each and every day!
Could we see this technology being used in other agricultural harvesting machines in the coming years? Let’s hope so! Check out the video of the TomatoTek below and watch it sort tomatoes with ease!